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- Series: Ten Avatars of Vishnu
Gouache painting on paper. Viṣṇu in the form of Kṛṣṇa, the eighth avatar of the god. Kṛṣṇa, having returned to Mathura, killed his uncle Kamsa and reinstated his father to the throne. The god and his brother Balarama are depicted within the palace, represented by a series of marble inlaid archways. Two demonic guards attempt (unsuccessfully) to protect Kamsa, and one has met an untimely end.
- Production date
- 1800 (circa)
Height: 35.10 centimetres (including border)
Width: 27.50 centimetres (including border)
- Curator's comments
- The architectural backdrop of 1940,0713,0.28, including the section inlaid with coloured marble, suggests a provenance in the Deccan not far removed from Rajasthan. The same can be applied to the other paintings in this series.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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